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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Back pain


I'm now mercifully almost free of pain.

It's taken 4 weeks for it to subside. I'm hoping an MRI will show why it suddenly flares up with such immediate ferocity and crippling pain. I'm guessing a nerve is getting too close to something it doesn't like and when I'm unlucky, my body argues with itself...

And need to find an alternative to opiate pain meds. That will be a discussion for sure as Morhine and Tramadol are just like sweets to me.

I'll certainly be back with findings. Thanks for the concern of everyone.



Aug 23, 2017 at 11:10 AM
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The MRI is the definitive test for a herniated disk or bone growths in the spine. Get one as soon as you can. I would also recommend finding a good physio as soon as you can, even if the MRI shows a herniated/bulging disk. Best way to find a good one is to talk to the orthopedic people at the hospital and see who they recommend. Under no circumstances see a chiropractor. And I know a lot of people can be sensitive about the topic, but if you are overweight doing something about it can make major improvements to back pain.

In the meantime, there is a quick check you can do for a herniated lumbar disk. Lie on your back on a flat surface, legs out straight and arms by your side. Get someone to slowly lift the leg where you feel the pain, keeping it straight whilst it is lifted. If you have a herniated/bulging disk then at around 30-50 degrees angle you will experience immense pain in your leg/backside. The kind of pain that makes you scream. If you can get to the point where you can't move further due to stretching of tendons, then you probably don't have a herniated disk.

For reference, i've had two surgeries to fix a blown disk. I was told that less than 5% of these require surgery, and only 5% of relapses after surgery need a second surgery. So i was extremely unlucky. I was also told by my physio after the second surgery that studies comparing physio vs surgery give a similar outcome after 2 years for the two in 98-99% of cases. Some cases do require surgery though. I don't recommend surgery if you can avoid it. It will leave you out of action for 4-6 weeks, and weak for a fair time after that.

I'm impressed at the collection of pain killers they give you. Over here it is almost impossible to get stronger than ibuprofen and paracetamol. I managed to get diclofenac and paracetamol with codeine (400mg/30mg). The diclofenac worked really well due to it's anti-inflammatory properties, the paracetamol/codeine was not much good. I asked for stronger, but they simply don't give out strong opiates in any but the most severe cases.



Aug 23, 2017 at 07:12 PM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Back pain


Thanks for the advice. Sorry that you've had some bad luck in this respect.

I remember my doc doing that leg lift test. There were no issues so it wouldn't seem to be a herniated disk.

Our UK doctors seem to hand out pain meds with scant regard to whether they actually do any good. In my case it seems opiates make no difference - so I need a better solution when the pain kicks in. Fort the moment I'm good, (even went to the gym for a very light session to test mobility with no pain - yey...! )



Aug 23, 2017 at 08:08 PM
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Have you tried the commercial voltarol gels? That's diclofenac, and if it works the doc can prescribe it orally at quite a lot higher dose than the over-the-counter options.

It's good news that your leg lift test is negative, though i know it might not seem so if you still don't know what the problem really is.



Aug 23, 2017 at 08:43 PM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · Back pain


I don't know the situation in the UK, but I found that low THC, high CDB cannabis helped my back pain more than opioids. I have ruptured two disks in my lumbar region with three different nerve impingements. PT was worthless, corticosteroid injections helped but were not long lasting. I finally had surgery (mini diskectomy and partial laminectomy) and it helped the most. But I am almost never pain free.

Of all the things I've tried, the cannabis is the most reliable, least intrusive, and cheapest.



Sep 20, 2017 at 01:19 AM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · Back pain


So... The MRI has come back with some findings.

It's all a bit techno-babble for me on the report but from what I understand form my doctor is that the main issue is:

Posterolateral disc protrusion indents the ventral aspect of the thecal sac, causing moderate (ha...!) spinal canal stenosis nd contacting S1 nerve root.

So in laymans terms, a swelling which irritates my nerve - I think.

Now ditched the Tramadol, Diazapam and Morphine.

I'm on Gapapentin, Naptroxen, Codine, Paracetamol, and a little bit of Voltarol, (but very sparingly).

I suspect a cortisone injection may be on the cards, but my GP doesn't seem in any hurry to get anything done fast. The pain meds don't do much. I fear my body simply ignores any effforts to numb pain... grrrr...

At least I'm not falling asleep any more.

So lots of pain today, but needing to do a live-to-air, single camera (so I'm on shot all the time) 45 min video shoot to 100,000 viewers with a 10kg camera and all hand held. Should be fun. (Using a EasyRig to help)



Sep 30, 2017 at 10:14 AM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · Back pain


Have you tried an inversion table?
$100 investment. You hang upsidedown 4 mins, twice a day.



Oct 01, 2017 at 03:05 AM
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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · Back pain


NPR did a piece, yesterday about Ted's pain cream with resveratrol. I think you can still find it on the web. I am def. going to try it for $19. They made it sound very promising.
Good luck, I share your pain-let's hope this stuff works.



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p.2 #9 · p.2 #9 · Back pain


Dj R wrote:
Have you tried an inversion table?
$100 investment. You hang upsidedown 4 mins, twice a day.


Yes I'm guessing that could help. I guess it helps tretch the spine which would in turn take away the effects of the swelling. I'll look into it.

I wonder how I'd get on and off the thing, as at the moment I struggle just to put on my socks in the morning. (Maybe I'll go all fashionable like the younger people I see with no socks and trousers that don't reach my ankles - ha.)

Good news is that I didn't collapse yesterday with the big heavy camera and the long hand held session live on-air. Bizzarly I actually felt better after the shoot than I did before...!



Oct 01, 2017 at 07:06 AM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · Back pain


Itís easier than you think. I just lean back on it when itís vertical and put your arms above your head and you end up sliding backwards slowly.

leethecam wrote:
Yes I'm guessing that could help. I guess it helps tretch the spine which would in turn take away the effects of the swelling. I'll look into it.

I wonder how I'd get on and off the thing, as at the moment I struggle just to put on my socks in the morning. (Maybe I'll go all fashionable like the younger people I see with no socks and trousers that don't reach my ankles - ha.)

Good news is that I didn't collapse yesterday with the big heavy camera and the long hand held session live on-air. Bizzarly I actually felt better
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p.2 #11 · p.2 #11 · Back pain


Have you had your hip joints x-rayed by orthopedist? I've had moderate to horrible pain from lower back, through hip, upper leg to knee. I've done physical therapy, acupuncture, steroids, MRI of lower back - over a year. Slight stenosis but no major problems there - many chiropractor visits and after treatment series he said I should see orthopedist to rule out hip issue. Just saw orthopedist - X-ray of hips revealed arthritis, bone spurs and degenerative cartilage. Going to do cortisone shot first part next month. Orthopedist said most of the pain/symptoms are from hip. Started natural joint supplements and can now tell difference in degree of pain and mobility. Hip replacement down the road.


Oct 24, 2017 at 02:39 AM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · Back pain


Final analysis by our UK health service is that I have spasms in my muscles - although the cause is unknown.

An MRI showed some issues, but none that were related to my pain - so they're just all old age I guess.

I'm on a continued dose of Gabapentin, Naproxen and Ametriptolin. At the moment I am effectively pain free, but no one seems quite sure. I continue the meds on the basis that I'm taking them and am pain free, but no one knows if they're actually doing anything or if the pain has just subsided for the moment.

A physio is next on the list, although the official line is that they don't quite know what they'd do apart from a few stretchy exercises that I currently do.

None of my doctors or specialists seem remotely concerned that Codine, Tramadol and Morphine do nothing to relieve pain in ANY way. I am going to investigate this more and not let them off the hook. At present they don't care about the lack of immediate pain relief or my immunity to opiate pain drugs.

It would appear that the issue is puely muscular, except no one knows why it flairs up for no reason. keep taking the meds and hope for the best seems the line.

Yey...! Thanks so much to everyone for your interest, suggestions and help.



Oct 24, 2017 at 03:22 PM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · Back pain


My husband has lower back/leg pain and Tramadol does not even phase it.
The Naproxen/Aleve works pretty good for me. I try to only take it when I need to be mobile (photographing American college football games, working trade shows, etc.). The Dr. gave me a muscle relaxer too - doesn't help the pain, but it does let me sleep pretty good.



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p.2 #14 · p.2 #14 · Back pain


leethecam wrote:
Final analysis by our UK health service is that I have spasms in my muscles - although the cause is unknown.

An MRI showed some issues, but none that were related to my pain - so they're just all old age I guess.

I'm on a continued dose of Gabapentin, Naproxen and Ametriptolin. At the moment I am effectively pain free, but no one seems quite sure. I continue the meds on the basis that I'm taking them and am pain free, but no one knows if they're actually doing anything or if the pain has just subsided for the moment.

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Glad you are feeling better and that you got an MRI. I have a similar issue in my neck and have had multiple diagnoses and recommendations (I too am immune to Tramadol, and no one in the US prescribes opioid piankillers anymore). I don't know that I'd trust that what shows on the MRI is unrelated to your pain. For me it took years simply to find out that there were three badly herniated discs, among other things.

Given that the pain is recurring for years, it is structural not purely muscular. I would expand your stretching routine - not just with the physio but into yoga/mobvement work, consistently. It's too easy to only stretch when it starts to hurt! You want space in your spine and to soften your muscles (also probably strengthen some - muscle spasms will cause some to be too tight and some too loose) and you want to get into good overall alignment so as to not aggravate the issue.

I have platelet injections in my neck but that is a fairly new treatment intended for known structural damage. It did help a great deal as did facet injections. But for that you'd need one of your docs to pinpoint the spinal issues as well as muscular.

Finally we all know it, try to balance your gear, use proper procedures for lifting the heavy things, etc.

Wishing you good luck.




Nov 05, 2017 at 02:30 PM
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p.2 #15 · p.2 #15 · Back pain


I've an appointment with a Pain Clinic who specialise in pain - given that my GP seems quite disinterested in the fact that I'm immune to Codine, Tramadol and Morphine.

Life is good at the moment but I'll need more than a doctor's shrug as and when the pain comes back.

As always, thanks for the interest.



Nov 05, 2017 at 04:00 PM
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p.2 #16 · p.2 #16 · Back pain


I have ankylosing spondylitis (a form of autoimmune disorder arthritis), strictly cutting down on my starchy carbs has done wonders in improving my daily life:

http://www.kickas.org/londondiet.shtml

And just in general, it is smart to reduce your carb intake:



You might like to also think about reducing the weight you cart around, such as going with Micro Four Thirds system and a pancake lens weighs almost nothing.



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